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Eric McCabe Disc Golf Course Design | The Farm at Quail Valley in Winfield, Kansas


(upbeat music) – We’re down here at
Quail Valley, The Farm. And Tyson Jones, a good friend of mine from, you know, when I first
started playing disc golf, he used to live down in Emporia, he lives down here in
Winfield, Kansas now, and is the, kind of the caretaker
of this property out here. It’s a wedding venue and it is an absolute gorgeous piece of property. We have over 40 acres to
work with, couple ponds, a nice few rows of trees. This is my second time
coming to the property. And I needed to come back
today to kinda check out a couple areas that were a little overgrown, and they’ve now been
maintained, and cut back, and I just need to check out
a couple spots for transition. And I really, truly believe that this is a great place for an
amazing disc golf course. So, they also have this really amazing, beautiful old box car on the property that used to be used for the brides to kinda have a dressing
room, a preparation room, and we’re gonna reconvert
it into an actual pro shop for the golf course. So, this is where people are gonna come, pay their whatever the price
is gonna be to play the course, and maybe buy a couple discs, as well. One of the most important things when designing a course,
is finding a starting point and a finishing point. And, ideally, you would
like to start somewhere near a parking lot or a pro shop, so this is gonna be dedicated to where we’re gonna wanna start the course, and where we’re gonna wanna
finish the course, as well. (upbeat music) Looks like we got a
property line out here. But this does create a nice little pocket. It you look kinda back, it has a nice little pocket, for a nice green. Putting a disc golf basket back in here would be kind of ideal, assuming we have
transition across this way, ’cause you don’t wanna have a shot where you’re throwing into a hole, and then you have to
walk directly out of it, and kind of back down the same fairway. So, flow. Safety and flow, those are the top two priority lists when it comes to designing a disc golf course. Not sure how well or easy you’re going
to be able to see this. But on my map I pull up, I have an app. There’s a couple of them
that I use, onX and Map Plus. I can pull this up and
I can drop a pinpoint exactly where I’m at,
current position saved. Later on, I can go back and edit that. I can change the icon, I can
have the latitude, longitude of the exact area of where I’m at, and it’s within like one
meter or something like that. So, it’s really specific on the spot, the location that I’m marking. (upbeat music) But an area like this where you have a nice
tree line on one side, you know, kinda flower beds or roads on the other side of it that work as a natural OB. Nice uphill, some tunnel action, you know, you don’t get
a whole lot of that. This is the stuff that I’m looking for when I’m walking the
property for the course. For me, it’s very important
to find a starting hole and a finishing hole, and then kinda work around
the other 16 in between. But definitely walking the area and noticing a spot like this, and putting it on my map as a
GPS coordinate is important. Something that I can go back,
when I’m studying the maps, to remember, this was a beautiful area. This was an area that
I absolutely wanna use some way, some shape or form. So, the other thing I like to do is establish the boundaries. So, currently we are on the furthest, I think, southeast corner of the property. Found a fence line on this side, this is kind of as far
this way as we can go, and I like to determine
where those points are. So I know, mentally, when
I go back, study maps, or I’m coming through,
doing the final design to know I don’t have a lot of room back in this corner to work with. (insects buzzing) So, right here, we have
a creek that kinda runs off those two ponds. The further pond is a little more elevated than the next pond, so naturally, they kinda drain into each other, and this is kind of acts as a spillway. So, when it rains a lot,
and the water’s coming out, this is kind of a rushing area. There’s some standing water in it now, and I just kinda wanna get an idea of how difficult it’s
gonna be to cross the creek if we happen to have a
hole going across it, or how challenging it’s
gonna be to build a bridge, or that type of scenario. Luckily, this is a smaller creek. There’s already a pretty good
sized tree here that’s dead that we can actually utilize as a bridge for this private course. But yeah, just keeping in mind, there’s steps that you gotta go through and hurdles that you
may have to get through, if there’s a creek that
runs through the property, as far as getting from
one side to the other, and making sure that it is safe. (upbeat music) The back side of where we just were in the open field, and which creates a nice transition, nice tight tunnels all through here that plays along this pond, and just all around beautiful. Not a whole lot of maintenance
that needs to be done for the property, with the
exception of mowing the lawn that they already do. For this particular design, there’s not a whole lot of maintenance that’s gonna need to be involved. (engine rumbling) I’m thinking that this spot
that we’re standing right here is a beautiful spot for a green. You’ve got this gorgeous
natural rock wall here built onto the side of the hill. And then, you’ve got this old water wheel, I’m not sure the exact term for it, but it is pretty cool, and it’s obviously not in use anymore. But, it’s really cool to
utilize stuff like that. And then you’ve got the natural pond on the left side with the nice, you know, rock wall that goes all the way around it. It’s just very picturesque green, and that’s really what we look for in these types of properties. (upbeat music) So, now that we’re completed
my second trip down here, I’m even more excited about the property than I was my first trip. Now, I’m gonna head home, study some maps, pull up Google Earth, and look at the GPS coordinates
that I’ve taken today to get a good idea on
the direction I wanna go with this course. (upbeat music)

14 Comments

  1. BrewMonkey Video Author

    Why only 18? I'm curious why disc golf is hanging onto this 18 hole crap. We should be designing as many as the property will hold. Disc Golf should flow with the property just as much as it flows in play.

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  2. sadisticsinon Author

    I would definitely enjoy it if this were a series. Part 2 (Under Construction)
    Part 3 (The Finished Course)
    I think most of us disc golfers are pretty ignorant of the time, energy, and difficulty of making a course. This video is awesome, thanks for taking the time to share it.

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  3. Troy Helmers Author

    It would be fun and yet depressing to be able to go to all the spots he putted from and see how many attempts it would take me to make them all. Two obvious issues are shrinking hours of daylight available and I cannot putt from 70 feet.

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